TORTURE OF KAREN WOMEN BY SLORC

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TORTURE OF KAREN WOMEN BY SLORC

Published date:
Tuesday, February 16, 1993

"The SLORC always comes to our village to take our rice, meat, and fruit. They also order us to send them porters, but nobody dares go so every house has to pay 30 Kyat every month to hire people from inside Burma to go instead. Whenever the SLORC soldiers are coming all of the men in the village run to the forest to hide so they won't be taken away. Only the women are left, and we just give the soldiers whatever they want so they'll go away. A few months ago the soldiers came to the village and accused us of helping the Kawthoolei [Karen] Army. Only some women were left in the village. They ordered us all to come out into a common place. They burned down 11 houses, including all three of ours. We lost everything. We tried to get our belongings out but the soldiers threw them back into the burning houses. Then they dragged us away from our houses. The soldiers surrounded us so we couldn't escape?. They tied up 8 of us by the hands and took us away outside the village. The officer shot a pistol near our ears and I was very afraid."